News: Diocese Searches for Interim Schools Superintendent

May 17, 2019

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The search for a new diocesan Interim Schools Superintendent is underway. Because the opening occurred later in the year, the search committee is seeking to fill the position on an interim basis for the 2019-2020 school year. The diocese hopes to hire the Interim Schools Superintendent by July 1. Candidates must hold a schools superintendent license.

             The interim superintendent will oversee 17 Catholic schools with more than 6,300 students pre-kindergarten to high school across the Diocese of Des Moines.

             The implementation of the diocese's Schools Strategic Plan will continue under the direction of the interim superintendent and Dr. Jerry Deegan. The interim superintendent also will encourage continuous improvement in the schools as guided by AdvancEd, which offers schools national accreditation.

             The search committee is comprised of: Bishop Richard Pates, Dan Burkey, Dennis Purdum, Dr. Dan Ryan, Steve Lacy, Jane Kinney, Nicole Proesch, Father Mark Neal, Libby Nelson and Dr. Deegan.

               The search for a permanent superintendent will begin in January 2020.

For more information or to apply, contact Eileen Valdez at or 515-237-5085.